February 11 - March 20, 2014
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8 pm
Fall Creek Studios, 1201 N. Tioga St.
Adult, college & high school actors serious about the craft welcome!
Tuesdays: Shakespearean Acting Technique (instructor: Theo Black)
This class will tackle the tools needed for both mastering Shakespeare's verse and fully inhabiting the text-as-performance. With a basis in scansion, imaging, rhetoric, and finding truthful poetic expression, the class will focus on bringing the text alive through exercises and scene-work, monologues & soliloquies. Each student will make an audition-oriented monologue their own, and explore a scene for in-class performance.
Thursdays: Voice for the Actor (instructor: Judith Pratt)
Plays are about language — poetic, profane, plain or pretty. So audiences need to hear and understand every speech. In this class, you will learn how to breathe fully, release the tensions that limit the voice, and how to articulate and love the words of a play. The class is based on the Linklater approach, with forays into the Alexander technique and the work of Moshe Feldenkrais.
Classes have already begun. Please watch this space and sign up for our e-mail list to get announcements about future classes!
Theo Black is a recent transplant to Ithaca, and is a teacher, director and actor whose driving passion is Shakespeare. He received his MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting in DC, and has performed with The California Shakespeare Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and others. He is a teaching artist for The Hangar Theatre, ActOutNY, and assistant coach for Cornell's Speech & Debate team. He is looking forward immensely to playing Hamlet for Ithaca Shakespeare this summer.
Judith Pratt is an actor, director, theatre professor, journalist, critic, and playwright. She taught voice and movement at Ithaca College and the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Recently, she taught Acting Shakespeare at Wells College. Her most recent roles include Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Theatre Incognita, and Margaret in My Great Dead Sister, for the Homecoming Players. In November, she directed Paula Vogel's Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief for the Ithaca Shakespeare Company.
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